star shell

star shell
noun
an artillery shell containing an illuminant
Hypernyms: ↑flare, ↑flash

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noun
Etymology: star (I) + shell
1. : a shell that on bursting releases a shower of brilliant stars and is used for signaling
2. : a shell with an illuminating projectile

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a shell that bursts in the air and produces a bright light to illuminate enemy positions.
[1875-80]

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star shell noun
A shell that explodes high in the air, lighting up the scene
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Main Entry:star

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star shell,
a flare which bursts into bright starlike clusters or a single light, suspended by a parachute, used in war to illuminate enemy positions or, in various colors, as a signal or firework.

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n. an explosive projectile designed to burst in the air and light up an enemy's position

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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